Police Find British Traveler's Stolen Bicycle

The employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia have found the stolen bicycle of British Traveler Rowan Campbell and have returned it to its rightful owner.

Campbell, who is traveling from Singapore to the UK, had his bike stolen in Georgia's capital.

“On January 25, we were informed that a bicycle belonging to British citizen Rowan Campbell, a temporary resident of Brothers Zubalashvili Street, had been stolen near his home in Tbilisi. As the owner said, a helmet and two bags were attached to the bike. Upon receiving the notification, the police responded immediately and an investigation was launched under Article 177 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. Police, as a result of search and investigation activities, found the British traveler's bicycle on Tsotne Dadiani Street in Tbilisi and returned the vehicle to its rightful owner. The investigation continues under Article 177 for a fact of theft which caused significant damage,” reports the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA).

After getting his bike back, Campbell publicly expressed gratitude to everyone for their support, noting that he already knows what Georgian hospitality really means.

“Hey everyone! I got my bike back!!!" he wrote on Facebook, in the group 'Spend Your Summer in Georgia'. 

"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you beautiful people who helped me. From the messages of support to the generous offers to buy me a new one to just making my case more well known. The last 72 hours have been incredibly emotional. I now know what GEORGIAN hospitality is! If you see me out and about, don't hesitate to come up to me, I would like to thank you personally."

The traveler received various gifts, including a new bicycle, as compensation from ordinary citizens and private sector representatives, who took the case to heart. 

“This is Georgian hospitality! Our British guest, Rowan Campbell, has received many gifts from our citizens and the private sector. A new bicycle from bikes.ge; two nights and traditional Georgian dinner at the Hotel Best Western Gudauri; and two nights at Hostel Fabrika,” Head of National Tourism Administration, Mariam Kvrivishvili, wrote in social media. 

By Ana Dumbadze 

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